Navy woman’s cape, worn by Elizabeth McAlister Parsons
World War I
Parsons was among the first women to serve in the Navy as Yeoman F (Female) in the Naval Reserve. "Yeomanettes" like Parsons served in clerical roles, as radio operators, nurses, messengers, and mechanics. Since the Navy had not made any provision to supply women's uniforms, women made or purchased the clothing they needed in accordance with Navy regulations.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Parsons